Comic Book Review: Harley Quinn #28

– by Emmanuel Gomez
So last we saw Harley she was about to get married. Dead Tool pulled out every trick he could to piss off Harley, even going as far as tattooing his phone number on her butt. This lead to a confrontation/surprise wedding in a Brooklyn church and that is where we pick up in issue #28. We start with the promotion of Harry Spoonsdale to chief of police. During his introduction to the public he is given information about the whereabouts of Harley Quinn, information to which he jumps on right away. Meanwhile at the Church, Harley wastes no time in literally knocking some sense into Dead Tool. Soon after as she tries to get some answers as to what is going on, she finds herself puzzled by the fact that she is surrounded by the Police and their new chief. Harley tries to get some answers but the trigger happy police force waste no time in opening fire at her, in the process killing some of the hostages in the church.  We then learn from a now recovered Dead Tool that the hostages are actually criminals that he had gathered up as a gift for Harley. Also, that the Harry is actually not as much as the Mayor’s puppet as we were lead to believe. Not only does he order an immediate seize fire, but he also ends up bargaining with Harley and Red Tool much to the rage of the Mayor. The issue ends with Harley and Dead Tool eating hot dogs and taking a walk by the beach, she finds out that Dead Tool actually knows almost every aspect of her life even before she was Harley. They part ways peacefully, I have no doubt we will see him again in the future. Amanda and Jimmy’s creativity never seizes to amaze me. How do you spoof a character that in reality is already a spoof? Not sure if Red Tool was created as a joke directed at Dead Pool, or if this was Jimmy and Amanda giving fans as close as they could to an encounter between Harley and Dead Pool (seriously someone needs to make this happen). Either way it was fun, by far not my favorite moment in the series but good enough. The aspect I really liked about this particular book was that near the end it gives you a summary of Harley’s character. If someone was to ask me to describe Harley I would probably just direct them to the words of Dead Tool. From her history, her personality and her circle of friends, it’s all described by Dead Tool. We have a few more issues until her “Rebirth” special, so we’ll see if they take this in a different direction or if they follow the rule of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. It is so interesting how this one character that emerged from the animated series as Joker’s girlfriend has come so far as to now be rumored to get her own film! I really have to give a lot of credit to the hard and creative work of Jimmy and Amanda who no doubt have a lot of passion for the character. They are the Willy Wonka of comics as I always find myself asking “what will they think up next?”. I really enjoy how spontaneous some of these arcs but they have always taken the time to allow Harley to grow as a character and for that reason I feel like most readers are really invested in her. Even to go as far as being able to relate with some of her struggles. With all this attention focused on her these next few months, we’ll see how much more her popularity will rise. Until next month!

So last we saw Harley she was about to get married. Dead Tool pulled out every trick he could to piss off Harley, even going as far as tattooing his phone number on her butt. This lead to a confrontation/surprise wedding in a Brooklyn church and that is where we pick up in issue #28.

We start with the promotion of Harry Spoonsdale to chief of police. During his introduction to the public he is given information about the whereabouts of Harley Quinn, information to which he jumps on right away. Meanwhile at the Church, Harley wastes no time in literally knocking some sense into Dead Tool. Soon after as she tries to get some answers as to what is going on, she finds herself puzzled by the fact that she is surrounded by the Police and their new chief. Harley tries to get some answers but the trigger happy police force waste no time in opening fire at her, in the process killing some of the hostages in the church.  We then learn from a now recovered Dead Tool that the hostages are actually criminals that he had gathered up as a gift for Harley. Also, that the Harry is actually not as much as the Mayor’s puppet as we were lead to believe. Not only does he order an immediate seize fire, but he also ends up bargaining with Harley and Red Tool much to the rage of the Mayor. The issue ends with Harley and Dead Tool eating hot dogs and taking a walk by the beach, she finds out that Dead Tool actually knows almost every aspect of her life even before she was Harley. They part ways peacefully, I have no doubt we will see him again in the future.

Amanda and Jimmy’s creativity never seizes to amaze me. How do you spoof a character that in reality is already a spoof? Not sure if Red Tool was created as a joke directed at Dead Pool, or if this was Jimmy and Amanda giving fans as close as they could to an encounter between Harley and Dead Pool (seriously someone needs to make this happen). Either way it was fun, by far not my favorite moment in the series but good enough. The aspect I really liked about this particular book was that near the end it gives you a summary of Harley’s character. If someone was to ask me to describe Harley I would probably just direct them to the words of Dead Tool. From her history, her personality and her circle of friends, it’s all described by Dead Tool. We have a few more issues until her “Rebirth” special, so we’ll see if they take this in a different direction or if they follow the rule of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”.

It is so interesting how this one character that emerged from the animated series as Joker’s girlfriend has come so far as to now be rumored to get her own film! I really have to give a lot of credit to the hard and creative work of Jimmy and Amanda who no doubt have a lot of passion for the character. They are the Willy Wonka of comics as I always find myself asking “what will they think up next?”. I really enjoy how spontaneous some of these arcs but they have always taken the time to allow Harley to grow as a character and for that reason I feel like most readers are really invested in her. Even to go as far as being able to relate with some of her struggles. With all this attention focused on her these next few months, we’ll see how much more her popularity will rise. Until next month!

Harley Quinn #28

Publisher: DC Comics

Writers: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti

Artist: John Timms

Colors: Alex Sinclair

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